Vucevic leads Magic over Bulls 97-91 in Mexico City
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 14, 2018 01:36 PM
Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic, right, is defended by Chicago Bulls' Justin Holiday in the first half of their regular-season NBA basketball game in Mexico City, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
By Carlos Rodriguez, Associated Press
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nikola Vucevic scored 26 points, including a tie-breaking jumper with 28 seconds remaining, and the Orlando Magic snapped a three-game losing streak with a 97-91 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) in their first of two games in Mexico.
Vucevic shot 11-for-21 from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds, while D.J. Augustin added 15 points for the Magic.
Zach LaVine scored 23 points but the Bulls (6-23) lost for the 10th time in their last 11 games and remained with the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
After Lauri Markkanen tied it at 91 with 1:06 left to play, Vucevic nailed a 15-foot jumper to put the Magic ahead and Augustin iced the game with four free throws in the final seconds.
The game was the NBA's 27th in Mexico, and Orlando will play Utah on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Only the United States and Canada have hosted more.
Eight of the last 26 games in Mexico have been regular-season contests.